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Old 11-22-08, 04:33 PM   #1
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Tires to ride on this?





Moving to New Zealand next month. Many of the roads are good, some are not so good.

I'm bringing my 50cm Kilo TT Pro.

What do you guys think?
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Old 11-22-08, 04:37 PM   #2
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I think any tires will do as long as you know how to text on your fixie.
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Old 11-22-08, 04:38 PM   #3
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I think any tires will do as long as you know how to text on your fixie.
+1 forthe random
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Old 11-22-08, 06:14 PM   #4
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When in doubt, Gatorskins!
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Old 11-22-08, 06:44 PM   #5
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At least 28s. Larger if you have the clearance.
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Old 11-22-08, 07:02 PM   #6
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Why the move? Did you go for the skilled immigrant status or what? I've just started the Expression of Interest bullsh*t.
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Old 11-22-08, 07:13 PM   #7
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where to get a gatorskin for cheapest price?
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Old 11-22-08, 07:59 PM   #8
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Any 28/32mm tire will do you a world of good. I've heard nothing but good things about the gatorskins. My money has gone with Armadillos in the past. I've had my tire wear away at a rubbing rack. Took a nice chunk out of the rack, but still was puncture proof.
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Old 11-23-08, 01:55 AM   #9
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get some cyclocross wheels hombre
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Old 11-23-08, 12:27 PM   #10
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does anyone know is the kilo can fit a 28mm tire?
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Old 11-24-08, 10:27 AM   #11
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for those interested, the bikesdirect guy said some people put 28mm tires on the kilo TT
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Old 11-24-08, 10:33 AM   #12
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i do think 28mm is supposed to fit. i have a 25mm on the rear wheel of mine currently, and there's definitely space for larger.
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Old 11-25-08, 10:20 AM   #13
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educate a bike noob, if i put on 2 25mm gatorskins, will i sacrifice performance else where?
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Old 11-25-08, 10:29 AM   #14
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I like the picture with the giant mountain in the background. Is that Mt Fuji where they make the Fuji Track Pro?
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anyone have any experience with these tires?

http://www.rei.com/product/711635
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Old 11-25-08, 10:32 AM   #16
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educate a bike noob, if i put on 2 25mm gatorskins, will i sacrifice performance else where?
the only performance sacrifice I believe is that 25mm tires weigh slightly more than 23mm tires. That said, if you get the folding bead ones (instead of steel bead), they'll be even lighter.

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anyone have any experience with these tires?

http://www.rei.com/product/711635
I've heard people mention the 4-seasons before -- they seem solid, though I'm not positive about their performance with skidding.
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Old 11-25-08, 10:33 AM   #17
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Those roads don't look any different than those in L.A. I don't use special tires.
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ooh nice scenery-- i just finished a presentation on new zealand's wine region.

and i agree with above poster--looks like LA, no biggie.
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Old 11-25-08, 12:57 PM   #19
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the second pictures shows how the roads are nearly covered in loose gravel type stuff. i ride in LA too and haven't seen anything like that.
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It's called chipseal and it can be very jarring to ride long distances on. Get wider tires; the widest you put on the Kilo.
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Old 11-25-08, 02:03 PM   #21
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anacrime, i saw your post in the smoking thread about your decision to leave the country. mind if i ask you the following questions?:
when deciding to move, why did you choose new zealand?
how did you choose the particular town that you're moving to?
what will you do for work?

i'm curious and impressed with folks who make radical life changes like you're about to do

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Old 11-25-08, 02:21 PM   #22
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I'm a big time nature lover and fly fisher and New Zealand is pretty much Mecca for the outdoorsy-types. I want to take a break from school and life and New Zealand seemed the most reasonable place as half my family is from there. My dad had a midlife crisis type thing a couple years back and moved down to this small town of 8000 people and bought a restaraunt/bar. I'll be living there and bar tending to fund my backpacking and fly fishing trips. All my friends have been real supportive and many doubt I'll ever come back. We'll see, though, b/c I would eventually like a career in some sort of wildlife/wilderness conservation and I feel California is in desperate need of such positions.

But yeah, I'll pretty much be a bum making little money and travelling the country by bike/foot/hitchhiking.
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